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Nobel peace prize: Trump and Kim Jong-un among contenders
The Irish Times ^ | October 5, 2018

Posted on 10/05/2018 12:02:27 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Winner of the award announced on Friday in Oslo

The winner of this year’s Nobel peace prize is set to be announced on Friday in Oslo, and while the committee does not make the nominees public there has been plenty of speculation over who could win the prestigious award.

All that is known is there are 331 nominees – 216 individuals and 115 groups – according to the Nobel committee. The selection process is highly secretive, but here is a list of potential winners based on bookmakers, that includes controversial figures such as Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.

Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in

The leaders of the two Koreas restarted talks earlier this year, leading to tensions in the region plummeting to their lowest level in decades, particularly remarkable given the fact that just a year earlier North Korea and Donald Trump were trading threats of war.

The two men held three historic summits this year, after a decade of South Korean policy that was hostile to the North. The pair is currently the favourite at Ladbrokes, the British bookmaker, but it remains to be seen if the Norwegian Nobel committee would award the prize to Mr Kim, who runs one of the most oppressive regimes in the world and a network of notoriously harsh gulags.

Donald Trump

The tweeter-in-chief has repeatedly taken credit for the positive atmosphere on the Korean atmosphere and became the first sitting US president to shake hands with the leader of North Korea when he met Mr Kim in Singapore in June. That followed his decidedly un-peaceful comments last year when he threatened to unleash “fire and fury” on the nuclear-armed state. A group of 18 Republican lawmakers wrote to the Nobel committee in May nominating Mr Trump “in recognition of his work to end the Korean War, denuclearise the Korean peninsula, and bring peace to the region”.

Angela Merkel

The German chancellor and “Queen of Europe” welcomed hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees into the country in the face of vocal political backlash. She has already been awarded the Saint Francis Lamp for Peace prize this year after she “distinguished herself in the work of reconciliation and the peaceful coexistence among peoples”. Odds put her slightly ahead of the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, which aids refugees around the world and has said more people were displaced in 2017 than any other time in the agency’s history.

The rest

Denis Mukwege, a Congolese doctor gynaecologist who has campaigned against sexual violence, is another contender for the peace prize. As is Raif Badawi, an imprisoned Saudi blogger, who remains behind bars for “insulting Islam through electronic channels” despite the new king of Saudi Arabia’s attempt to portray himself as a liberalising force. The ACLU, the legal organisation that has been at the forefront of challenging Mr Trump’s policies such as the infamous travel ban or immigrant family separation, is also in the running. Bookmakers have also given good odds to former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium after a failed independence referendum last year. Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May are tied at Ladbrokes with odds of 100/1.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government; Japan; Politics/Elections; Russia; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: angelamerkel; brexit; china; donaldtrump; europeanunion; germany; japan; jeremycorbyn; kim; kimjongun; korea; maga; nato; nobel; nobelpeaceprize; northkorea; pyongyang; republicofkorea; russia; theresamay; trump; unitedkingdom
They'll probably give one to Michelle Obama for her garden before they award one to Trump.
1 posted on 10/05/2018 12:02:27 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

President Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian Lawmakers

Sure, obviously...

but what's in it for President Trump?


2 posted on 10/05/2018 12:06:18 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d love to see Trump share the Peace prize with the leaders of North and South Korea. In the same philosophy that the Committee awarded the Peace prize to Obama as a nudge for him to continue the policies and direction they agreed with as displayed by two weeks in office.


3 posted on 10/05/2018 12:09:11 AM PDT by Ciexyz (I have one issue and it's my economic well-being.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They’ll no doubt give it to Obozzo for farting 10% less than he did last year.

This was once an honourable and respected award but is now a Marxist joke


4 posted on 10/05/2018 12:11:00 AM PDT by WashingtonFire (President Trump - it's like having your dad as President)
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True, but I’d love to see Trump get it just to watch the Lib head explosions.


5 posted on 10/05/2018 12:12:20 AM PDT by Ronin (I need a new tagline...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Christine Blasey Ford, for fighting to expose serial-rapists.


6 posted on 10/05/2018 12:12:32 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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Libs would demand the end of the Peace Prize.


7 posted on 10/05/2018 12:14:32 AM PDT by rdl6989
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...that includes controversial figures such as Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.

What's so bloody controversial about the president?
Obama-you've heard of him, remember? He's the one who ran three wars simultaneously-was handed the silly award before anyone knew anything about him since he was never vetted by the media.

Trump, OTOH, has brought us to the verge of peace with NORK which no one else has dared even hope for.

8 posted on 10/05/2018 12:15:31 AM PDT by stormhill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My bet is on Michael Avenatti, for his pro bono work on behalf of downtrodden chastity-challenged strumpets everywhere.


9 posted on 10/05/2018 12:15:59 AM PDT by confederatecarpetbag
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

or to elizabeth faucahontis warren for her contributions to the ‘pow wow chow’ cook book- Yes, she did contribute recipes which she apparently swiped according to an article i read-


10 posted on 10/05/2018 1:00:12 AM PDT by Bob434
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Kim Jong-un???

He’s a homicidal maniac!


11 posted on 10/05/2018 2:16:46 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Meaningless piece of crap for lowlifes, dirtbags and world scum.


12 posted on 10/05/2018 4:30:36 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They aren’t going to give it to Trump. If they did, the entire left would lose its marbles.


13 posted on 10/05/2018 4:48:23 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Cynicism is the only refuge in a world that is determined to eliminate itself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

does any one really pay attention to the Nobel prizes anymore?

I mean seriously, they are nothing more than heavily politicized dog and pony shows.

And the “Peace” prize is the biggest joke of them of all. IMO.


14 posted on 10/05/2018 6:26:47 AM PDT by txnativegop (The political left, Mankinds intellectual hemlock)
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